In The Village…

The holiday season is upon us and that means there is a lot to see and do in the Village. It all kicks off with the holiday tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 1st. There will be trolley rides, chorus performances, the official lighting of the tree, and a variety of family-friendly activities.

Starting at 5pm, a free trolley will run loops through the Village visiting shops, restaurants and parking areas. Ride the whole loop, or hop on and off wherever you like.

The tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:45pm and will feature musical performances, a local chorus and even Santa himself arriving on a fire truck courtesy of the Wauwatosa Fire Department.

The program will end around 6:30pm and Santa will move to Paulina Esthetics Boutique (7601 Harwood Ave) where he will visit with children.

The trolley will continue to run after the ceremony, and will take visitors to spots throughout the Village that will feature hot cocoa, kids crafts and other activities.

On Saturday, December 2nd, stop back down to the Village to get your holiday shopping done. Many of the shops and restaurants will have specials and events going on to get you in to the holiday spirit. The trolley will run from 1pm to 4pm, and will include a stop at the Kneeland Walker House for the Wauwatosa Historical Society’s open house event.

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train makes its return to Wauwatosa on Sunday, December 3rd. The All Aboard For Tosa Cares event was started by a group of local girl scouts and helps to raise much needed money and food donations for the local food pantry.

Events start at 3:30pm with the Village trolley once again. State Street will be closed between Harmonee and Wauwatosa Ave, so the trolley will run around the outer edge of the Village, as well as down State Street to Hart Park and other parking areas.

The train is scheduled to arrive at 4:15pm, with the program running from 4:30-5:00pm. The main stage will be positioned at the crossing by Powers Realty Group at the South end of the pedestrian bridge. But you will be able to see the train itself from a variety of spots in the Village.

No matter where you watch, everyone is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Tosa Cares food pantry. Here are a few of the suggested items that are most in need:

  • Cereal
  • Nonperishable fruits, vegetables and juices
  • Peanut butter and jelly
  • Spaghetti sauces and noodles
  • Pastas and rice
  • Canned protein, such as chicken, tuna and beef stew
  • Snacks such as granola bars, crackers, popcorn and cookies
  • Packaged dinners, especially those with meat
  • Hearty soups
  • Toilet paper, diapers, baby wipes, paper towels and tissues
  • Personal care items such as shampoo, hand soap, lotion and toothbrushes and tooth paste
  • Dish soap and laundry


Friday, December 1st
Holiday Tree Lighting

Saturday, December 2nd
Holiday Shopping
Open House

Sunday, December 3rd
CP Holiday Train
All Aboard for Tosa Cares

Don’t forget to bring a non-perishable food item for the Tosa Cares food pantry to one or all of the events.

To see a list of drop-off points visit

Wauwatosa continues to be chosen as a stop for the CP Holiday Train because of the great work by the girl scouts, Tosa Cares, and all of the people that donate food and money to the cause.

There will be several hot cocoa stations set up around the Village, and the trolley will run until 6:30pm. Maps of the trolley route, food collection points, vendor stations and more will be available at the event, as well as in advance at many of the shops and restaurants.

For more information, visit the Village Business Improvement District web site at